How are you surviving quarantine? Gardeners everywhere seem to be springing to life this year, what with the pandemic. I’ve seen seeds sold out online, potting soil canceled from our Walmart pickup orders, and unbearable shipping delays with gardening supplies on both Amazon AND eBay in my experiences so far. I’m ravaging my small stockpile of saved seeds and wishing I did a better job saving.
I’m scouring my fridge, cupboards, and pantry to find things from the grocery store that I can plant. And being completely dazzled by the results! I’m kicking myself for not sticking that sprig of rosemary in a jar of water before it went dry and moldy in the back of my fridge. 🙁 I’m also mourning our annual springtime trip to Lowe’s for plants. While perfect for my self care, it is probably not truly “essential” at this current time. Hey 2020, I’ve had more than my 90-day trial, and I want my money back.
Surviving Quarantine: Growing From Seed
It seems like everywhere around me, seeds sell out and plants are hard to come by. The quarantine sure makes it difficult for gardeners. Fortunately, all is not lost. Here are a few things I highly recommend to you if you want to start a garden this year but don’t know where to start.
- Join numerous seed swap groups on Facebook. These people are awesome and many will generously trade seeds with you, simply because you are new. You can pop over to the page to see what people need and what they’re offering. Some may trade you seeds for a few postage stamps if you don’t have seeds yet to trade.
- Check out Little Shop of Seeds. I love this farm and seed company and have enjoyed amazing germination with almost every seed I’ve planted. (No luck with Lavender, but EVERYTHING else has come up! Out of 30+ varieties. Incredible, really.) I have no affiliation here other than I am just a VERY happy customer and itching to go back and buy more seeds! So do me a favor and save me a few beans and some other neat things. 🙂
- Check your existing foods in the home. You can grow from dried beans, seeds within fruit that you’ve bought, some seeds inside veggies, and likely even a few things in your spice rack. Try the paper towel method and have fun!
- Team up with neighbors and friends to share seeds. You never know who might be generous enough to throw some seeds your way!
Lots of people seem to be working toward a victory garden or a basic home garden. Here I am wishing we had more yard – a little under a half acre doesn’t seem to be quite enough. We’ve decided to get creative and will be sure to share our fun gardening ideas this year.